Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Will this "Make You Go Hm-m-m"?

Jon Stokes claims to be a "gun industry insider", and claims he goes to church on Sunday with his 9 mm tucked inside his fanciest jeans. A quick Intertubz search tells me the first is rather a stretch and totally fails to confirm the rest. However, he's written a thought piece that should be given a read: A Gun Nut’s Guide to Gun Control That Works

Now, stop yelling. Yes, it's on Politico, so that's Strike One. Yes, he says "gun control", so there's Strike Two. Yes, when you read it and he goes on and on AND ON about those uber-deadly semi-automatic rifles and it becomes painfully obvious that the guy's never been to a SASS match in his life and seen what people can do with lever actions, well, that's Strike Three, and in any normal baseball game he's out.

We, my friends, are not in any normal baseball game. He points that out, although I believe he overstates his case. And while we appear to have once again beaten back our enemies this time; as has been often pointed out, we have to win every time and they only have to win once.

He's correct when he points out that "Our side faces a potent new enemy in the form of private-sector companies like REI, Delta Airlines, Citibank, YouTube and Reddit, which are taking an increasingly anti-gun stance." Add to that Bank of America, Yeti, Enterprise Holdings, Hertz, TrueCar, Walmart, Kroger, LL Bean and the list goes on. There are a lot of private companies out there who have not been against us before who are against us now. This does not bode well for us, at least at the moment. At best, we have some significant damage control to do. At worst, we've taken a significant hit that we won't recover from.

If it's the latter, then we had better consider a Plan B, because our traditional Plan A, otherwise known as "Because Fuck You!" isn't going to work so well for us.

While his proposal for a federal license for semi-auto long guns isn't something I can support, it might be something we could work from. Just for fun, what if they tossed in all NFA items plus national concealed carry reciprocity in addition to his proposal, then what would you think of it? A sort of one-stop license for all of it. Maybe we have to cough up semi-auto pistols to keep the other side happy. (Remember Jerry Miculek--we aren't giving up much).

Yeah, it gets a little harder to say "Hell No!" and be all Second Amendment Absolutist when the Giggle Switch comes into play, doesn't it?

Just sayin'.

But why would a business owner need to carry a gun?

When you're a part of a group that is being targeted for robbery and murder, it's an entirely reasonable reaction.

Chinese-American business owners in the Triangle area of North Carolina are tired of being unarmed targets, and they're doing something about it. They've formed the North Carolina Chinese Hunting Club (OK, the name's a little unfortunate) and they're learning how to shoot back.

Welcome to America, folks. I hope you enjoy your freedom to protect yourselves.

Monday, May 07, 2018

Time to ridicule the anti-gunners and anti-gun politicians

(Via the Drudge Report)

Yes, I know, this is something you'd never expect to see here. Ahem.

The weekend just past saw a gun show in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Normally, this wouldn't be a big deal except for the hard core anti-gun crowd, but OMG Parkland. How dare these terrible people have a gun show anywhere within 200,000 miles of these poor, traumatized children.

What a load of chicken feces. I have to wonder about the parents of the dead kids and the parents of the ones who are being used as shills. What the hell are they thinking? You're going to allow the memory of your kid to be used like this to advance the viewpoint of people who don't give a tinker's damn about you? You're allowing your kid to be paraded around and used as a meat puppet to spew out the opinions of the same cynical groups? Great Bleeding Ghu.

Deep breath...10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Exhale. OK. Blood pressure is out of the stroke zone.

Of course, said gun show went off without a hitch. None of the evil guns jumped up and shot anyone and no gun show loop holes were seen to be waving signs saying "Criminals! Buy guns here!" Blood still stubbornly refused to flow in the aisles as the crowd refused to start shooting over slights real or imagined. Funny how that works.

But for the Fort Lauderdale city commissioners, none of that is good enough. They want the gun show gone. For the families.

“I fully respect the right of people to own guns,” Mayor Dean Trantalis said on Saturday. “I just don’t feel we should have a gun show in the middle of Holiday Park, a playground where children play soccer, volleyball and baseball.”

So the mayor respects your right to own a gun, he just wants to make it more difficult for you to buy one. Because 7 weekends a year, reasons. OK, got that.

Fortunately, Mr. Mayor doesn't know when to shut up. Pro Tip: Politicians, learn when to shut up--it's a job skill.

On Saturday, Trantalis was stunned to hear that families were bringing children to the gun show, where firearms of all types were for sale, from tiny pistols to AR-15s like the semi-automatic rifle used in the Parkland shooting.

“Wow,” Trantalis said. “What can I say. I don’t know how to respond to that.”

Well, Mr. Mayor, your best move would have been to shut that gaping stupidity dispenser in the middle of your face. Failing that, you could have fallen back on your earlier “I fully respect the right of people to own guns.” Luckily for us, you let your true feelings came out. You're a liar--you no more support the Second Amendment than City Commissioner Heather Moraitis, who tweeted:

“When our contract ends this fall with Gun Show, I hope we never see the words Fort Lauderdale-Gun Show-War Memorial again. It’s time to think about different programming options at War Memorial in the heart of our city.”

The elected elite in Greensboro, NC recently tried this crap with the Greensboro Gun and Knife Show. The immediate blow back from the local gunnies shut that down fast. Here's hoping the Fort Lauderdale gunnies let their elected "betters" know that the way out the door will be paved with an attempt to close their local gun show.

Get up on your hind legs and fight, people. The other side isn't going to go away. There is no slacking off. The battle is every day, from now until forever.

Sunday, May 06, 2018

But for the grace of God, there go I

(Via the Drudge Report)

Over the years I've been blogging, I've written about finance, both macro and micro. I've also written about prepping in all manner of situations, including as you age. This combines both of those themes.

The story is of a man who once walked the corridors of power, and who now walks the streets. I don't really know anything about the people he worked with and for except Rudy Giuliani, and I only know the least bit about him to be honest. Perhaps this man is reaping what he sowed, perhaps he is the victim of his own poor choices and perhaps he is simply one more unfortunate person living a life of quiet desperation, waiting for salvation or the end.

For our purposes, he is probably deserving of a word of prayer if you tend toward such, and some consideration in light of your own circumstances no matter how you tend. I can tell you from personal experience that it is very easy to go from being on top of the world to on top of the trash heap, and it can happen all too quickly. You should devote some of your planning time to this concept, because it isn't as far-fetched as you might want it to be.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation strikes back

It seems you can't be a Dick's and be a member of the NSSF. And that's a good thing. We need to stand fast--together--if we're going to defend the Second Amendment. No corporate weaseling allowed.

Oddly enough, I was at a local minor league baseball game last night, and they were handing out $10 off coupons for Dick's Sporting Goods like you wouldn't believe. Dick's is a big sponsor at this particular ball park. I'm not going to boycott the team or anything goofy like that; they have a lot of sponsors who in aggregate are much larger than Dick's.

I'm curious, however, if Dick's is getting any good from an investment where, on any given night, I can see a lot of the crowd wearing gear that would indicate they are members of groups that would tend to be more rather than less supportive of the Second Amendment. For crying out loud, there was a kid there wearing this shirt:


Warmed the cockles of my heart, that did. I loved the 80s. :-)